Glenn Andrew still racing after 30-plus years
It was about 30 years ago when I first met Glenn Andrew.
The things I know about the former North Central High School teacher, coach and administrator is that he loves a few things like basketball (go Pacers), his family (married 51 years, three children and 10 grandchildren) and racing (over 30 years in the business).
Each June, Andrew participates in the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but this year was different.
He had a second-place finish in class on the opening day.
He would have a GT/GTP Enduro run less than 24 hours later.
That event is a 90-minute run over the track’s twisting road course.
Drivers can go it alone or elect to share the time with another driver.
Andrew, who said he was always interested in cars and performance and is a very competitive person, added he always wanted to run the Enduro with his son Brett before he got sick.
As fate would have it, Andrew asked IMS track president Doug Boles to be his teammate.
The Andrew-Boles team was not by accident as Andrew’s daughter Rhonda, a teacher at Heritage Hills High School, had Boles’ son as a student.
“I asked Doug if he would like to do the Enduro. He said definitely. Very excited about running our car,” Andrew told Joe Buckles of the Tribune Star. “Doug Boles is a very capable race driver. But he had never run a car as fast as our First Financial Pontiac.”
Andrew, who ran in the Trans-Am series part-time for 15 years, which was one of the top professional road racing series, said he went the first 20 laps and the final 40 and Doug went the middle 20.
He added it got so hot inside the car that they both burned their feet and got blisters, but still finished seventh in class.
According to Andrew, Boles said he was happy with the effort.
“Driving the Speedway is always a thrill,” said Andrew. “To be able to do it with a car you have built and have a guy like Doug along for the ride only made it that much more special.”
Andrew, who said he started racing go karts and just progressed into getting something bigger, finished third in 2016 and won the event in 2017 at Indy.
“The pit stops were fun,” said Glenn. “I never thought that would happen.
“Doug told me, it was really exciting to race with me and the car was perfect.”